6 Tips on how to take care of your hair when using a helmet

BY Erika Chavez
Tips on how to take care of your hair when using a helmet
Photo Credit: Jenna Brown, Brightwood Dressage.

Living in Ocala, Florida the Horse Capital of the World and having a lot of clients that ride horses, I’ve been noticing a regular pattern issue on their hair.  The friction caused by the helmet on the hair causes breakage, frizz, and thinning. I want to share some tips on how to take care of your hair when using a helmet: These few tips can help to prevent your hair for damage or at least easy the struggle.

What Is Helmet Hair?

Helmet hair is a common term used to describe a hairstyle that is flattened or compressed due to wearing a helmet or other headgear, such as a cap or hat. It is a common issue for individuals who frequently engage in activities such as cycling, motorcycling, or skiing that require the use of a helmet or other head protection.

The problem occurs because the helmet compresses the hair against the scalp, which can cause it to become flattened, matted, or frizzy. When the helmet is removed, the hair may be difficult to style and can take on a shape that is unflattering or not the desired look.

To avoid helmet hair, there are a few things that can be done. One option is to wear a hair-friendly helmet, which is designed to minimize hair damage and reduce the risk of flattened or matted hair. Another option is to wear a hair net or wrap the hair in a scarf or bandana before putting on the helmet.

After removing the helmet, the hair can be revived by brushing or combing it out and using a volumizing product or dry shampoo to add texture and volume. It is also recommended to wash the hair as soon as possible to remove any sweat or dirt that may have accumulated under the helmet.

Overall, while helmet hair can be frustrating, it is a small inconvenience compared to the protection that a helmet provides during high-risk activities. Taking preventative measures and styling the hair afterwards can help to minimize its effects.

What is the best way to take care of your hair when using a helmet?

  1. Tie your hair: Tying your hair in a bun or ponytail can help prevent it from getting tangled or caught in the helmet. It's important to make sure that the hair is secured tightly, but not too tightly, to avoid creating tension or pulling on the scalp. Loose hair can get trapped between the helmet and your head, causing discomfort and potentially leading to breakage or damage.
  2. Use a helmet liner: A helmet liner or a bandana can act as a barrier between your hair and the helmet's interior, reducing friction and preventing damage. These can be made of a variety of materials, such as cotton or silk, and are typically thin and lightweight. They can also help absorb sweat and keep your hair dry and clean.
  3. Choose the right helmet: Picking a helmet that fits well and has enough space for your hair is essential. A helmet that is too tight can cause hair to get compressed and matted, while a loose-fitting helmet can move around and create friction. It's important to try on different helmets to find the right fit and to make sure that there is enough room for your hair.
  4. Avoid using hair products: Using hair products like gels, sprays, or oils can cause your hair to stick to the helmet's interior and create more friction. It's best to avoid using these products before wearing a helmet, or to use them sparingly. If you do use a product, make sure to wash your hair and the helmet regularly to prevent buildup.
  5. Clean your helmet regularly: Cleaning your helmet regularly is important to prevent the buildup of sweat and dirt, which can damage your hair and scalp. You can use a mild shampoo or soap and water to clean the interior of the helmet, and make sure to let it dry completely before wearing it again.
  6. Take breaks: If you're wearing a helmet for an extended period, taking breaks and removing the helmet can help reduce any pressure on your scalp and let your hair breathe. This can also help prevent any discomfort or headaches that may arise from wearing a helmet for too long.

Is your hair dealing with some of these issues?

At Kosmerika Organika Salon you can find excellent organic hair care treatments that can restore and protect your hair.

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